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Romford set to experiment to help improve league form

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 October 2017

Romford players huddle (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford players huddle (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford will be using their two cup matches to experiment in a bid to get their league campaign on track as they currently sit bottom of the Bostik North.

Romford manager Paul Martin and assistant Mark Lord (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Romford manager Paul Martin and assistant Mark Lord (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Boro will host neighbours Hornchurch at Ship Lane on Saturday (3pm kick-off) in the second round of the Velocity Trophy before hosting fellow Bostik North outfit Maldon & Tiptree in the Essex Senior Cup Third Round at the Wallace Binder Ground on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

Chairman Steve Gardener said: “Paul’s got two games where if he wants to try something new whether it be formation, players, different positions and we’ve also got a couple that will hopefully be coming back from injury as well.

“In a way it’s quite good we’ve got two cup matches where he has got the chance to experiment.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he brings in a couple of players during the week and they get a run out in the Hornchurch game and then the Essex Senior Cup game away to Maldon.”

Gardener admits although cup runs are important the club’s main focus is to start climbing up the league table.

“Ideally you want to win all the cups, but at the moment for us our priority is to get points on the board and start moving up the league table,” he said.

“Winning is good in whatever competition, if you can go out there and win a game that gives you confidence to go forward in the next game, so whatever players are out on the pitch they’ll be fighting for their place for the next game or the game after that.”

Romford have suffered two defeats to the Urchins already this season and Gardener says both side’s will want to get one over each other.

“Whatever side Hornchurch put out whether it’s a full first-team or whether it’s a mixture or whatever they’ll want to beat us and it’s the same with us.

“Although the league is important, geographically they’re our nearest rivals, they’re in the same league we’re in at the moment and obviously to go out there and beat them would be great.

“They won’t want to lose to us either, even though there priority at the moment will be the league, it’s still not a game they’ll want to lose.”

Romford go into the match on the back of a 2-1 loss to Bury Town thanks to a 90 minute winner from the visitors Tevan Allen.

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